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How can a 'gray divorce' affect adult children in Rhode Island?


Many individuals in Rhode Island naturally understand that a parent's divorce can be difficult emotionally for any young children the parents have. However, a parent's divorce can even rock the world of an adult child.


According to researchers, millennials age 35 or younger have seen a decline in the number of divorces among themselves, perhaps in part because many of them wait a longer time to get married when compared to previous generations. However, the divorce rate among Baby Boomers has seen a significant uptick. According to researchers, what has become known as a "gray divorce," the divorce rate for those above age 50 has approximately doubled, and moreover, the divorce rate for those above age 60 has approximately tripled.

Gray divorces affect not just the divorcees in Rhode Island but also their adult children. Family dynamics have changed significantly, even if the divorcees' children are grown and out of the house. However, adult children of a gray divorce may feel there is no one they can connect with about the situation. Moreover, the divorce may burden the adult child who may feel like they are now responsible for providing emotional and financial support for their divorced parents.

In addition, gray divorcees in Rhode Island may be more apt to discuss the details and reason for the divorce with their adult children, more so than they would if the child was still a minor. However, such conversations can put undue stress on an adult child, especially when it oversteps the boundaries between the parent and child.

In the end, in addition to hiring a lawyer to represent their interests in a divorce, boomers in Rhode Island seeking a gray divorce may also want to seek the help of other professionals, such as a therapists or accountants. These professionals can help boomers work through their divorce issues in ways that their adult children cannot. In this way, the relationship between an adult child and his or her recently divorced parents can be preserved.

Source: Florida Today, ""Gray divorce" affects millennials as parents split," Jessica Saggio, July 1, 2016

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